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Dufferin Grove Real Estate and Neighbourhood:

For current listings in and around the Dufferin Grove area; Click here

 

The boundaries of Dufferin Grove are Dufferin S.t to the west, Ossington St. to the east, Bloor St. W. to the north and Dundas St. W. to the south. This following google Map shows you visually the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood and as with most neighbourhoods in Toronto it is demographically quiet diverse. Originally there was a very large Portuguese population here due its proximity to Little Portugal, now known as Beaconsfield. Residences in Dufferin Grove are mostly of the Victorian and Edwardian style, and built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. There are also various condominium, loft and townhome project developments as well due to a high numbers of younger people moving into the neighbourhood. There are some large apartment buildings on Dovercourt Rd. closer to Bloor with many rental opportunities as well as some smaller modest wartime row houses in the neighbourhood all offering a good mix of home options.

Rusholme Road between Bloor and College and homes on Gladstone Avenue overlooking Dufferin Grove park boast some of the finest homes in the Dufferin Grove area.

 

 

 

 

 

Parks and Recreation:

Dufferin Grove park just south of Bloor and Dufferin, opposite the Dufferin Mall, hosts a weekly Organic Farmer's Market throughout the year.  The park boasts bake ovens which are used by the community to bake with local produce, an outdoor skating rink, soccer pitch, baseball, basketball courts, playgrounds, picnic tables and campfire capabilities etc etc. It is one of the larger parks in this area of Toronto and draws people from several of the nearby neighbourhoods.

On the south east corner of Dovercourt and College St. is the YMCA for the west end of Toronto. It was renovated fully a few years ago and has it all for both kids and the elderly. Check out their website here or their Facebook page here.

There is also a fantastic and newly upgraded Public City Library at Bloor and Gladstone, just east of Dufferin and Bloor.

Slightly north on Dufferin St. is the Wallace Emerson Community Centre which has an indoor pool, outdoor skating rink, soccer pitch and an outdoor skateboard / BMX park. The community centre runs a variety of programming for the young and old in the community, from after school clubs for the younger and card game events such as bridge and brisk for seniors.

 

Transportation:

The Bloor – Danforth Subway Line runs east west and visa versa along Bloor St W.

Bus transit operates north and south from both Dufferin and Ossington subway stations, the 505 Streetcar runs East-West along Dundas St. W. and the 506 Carlton Streetcar runs east-west along College.

 

 

Shopping and Restaurants:

 

Bloorcourt Village along Bloor, between Dufferin and Ossington has everything from a variety of stores such as boutique stores,  little mom and pop stores to large music stores. There is also a diverse multitude of restaurants with everything from Italian to Ethiopian, Pizza Roma and Queen of Sheeba to name a few.

 

Just to the west within walking distance is Bloordale Village and the Dufferin Mall. The mall itself has been extensively upgraded to cater to the new demographic moving into the neighbourhoods nearby.

 

College Street W. Begins to get very vibrant heading easterly towards Little Italy. Plenty of restaurants line this street from both ends of the spectrum. Try the pizzas at the Brass Taps’s Pizza Pub, or if you wish to try some fine food with the best selection of exotic fish, try Chiado’s a little further east on College.

 

 

 

 

Price Ranges for Homes in the Dufferin Grove Neighbourhood:

 

DETACHED $500,000 - $1,300,000

SEMI DETACHED $450,000 - $800,000

ATTACHED ROWHOUSES $350,000 - $500,000

CONDOMINIUMS $300,000 - $450,000

 

 

For current listings in and around the Dufferin Grove area; Click here

 

 

Schools in the Dufferin Grove and neighbouring areas:

Type Name Website Fraser Ranking
Elementary Dewson Street Jnr. Public School Site  
Elementary Dovercourt Jnr. Public School site 6/10
Elementary St. Sebastians Catholic School site 6.6/10
Secondary Bloor Collegiate Institute Site 5.7/10
Secondary Kent Snr. Public School Site  
Secondary Central Commerce Collegiate Institute SIte 1.9/10
Secondary Western Technical Commercial School Site 3.8/10

 

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